First-year coach Lincoln has big goals for Penn Wood

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First-year Penn Wood coach Nick Lincoln, seen here giving a post-practice pep talk to his players, is the former offensive coordinator at Imhotep Charter.

Nick Lincoln threw his hat in the ring late in the hiring process. The beginning of May came and went, and Penn Wood was still in search of its next head coach.

At the time, Lincoln was the offensive coordinator at Imhotep Charter, which is coming off a trip to the PIAA Class AA championship game last December. He fully anticipated staying put at Imhotep for the 2014 season, until one of his colleagues informed him of the vacancy at Penn Wood.

“I didn’t even know about it until mid-May,” Lincoln said. “I got in touch with (Penn Wood athletic director) Rap Curry and, from there, I interviewed and got going.”

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Strus named interim head coach at O’Hara

Cardinal O’Hara has named an interim head coach.

Paul Strus, a longtime and respected member of the late Danny Algeo’s staff, will guide the varsity program in 2014.

The announcement was made in a letter by school president Thomas S.Fertel on the Cardinal O’Hara website.

As to the “practical” matter of football for the upcoming season, we have named Coach Paul Strus as the Interim Head Coach. As I told the players, Coach Strus knows football but, more importantly, he knows O’Hara football. He has a long tenure in coaching – more importantly – in coaching within the Catholic League and at O’Hara and under Coach Algeo. This appreciation for the broader picture – the history, tradition and the intangibles – will provide a consistency that will be needed for the players during what will certainly be an emotional season. I have pledged my full support to him. I know you will do the same. It is the O’Hara way. All In!

Strus has coached special teams for the Lions since 2004.

The position of Head Football Coach will be officially posted at the conclusion of the season – which we hope won’t occur until mid-December! A first-class search committee will be formed to select the next leader of O’Hara football.

 

A tribute to the life of O’Hara head coach Danny Algeo

We’ve spent the last two days paying tribute to the legacy of Cardinal O’Hara coach Danny Algeo, who passed away Thursday.

Here are the links of the stories that appeared in the Daily Times

Cardinal O’Hara mourns passing of head coach Algeo 

Algeo forged an enduring family at O’Hara

Cardinal O’Hara’s Algeo leaves legacy of ‘faith, family and football’

Coach Algeo’s legacy went far beyond the gridiron 

Mourning the loss of Danny Algeo

The Delco football community mourns the death of Cardinal O’Hara head coach, Danny Algeo.

Algeo died from complications of a heart attack. He was 49.

Algeo spent the last 10 years at the helm of Cardinal O’Hara. With O’Hara he won a Philadelphia Catholic League championship in 2004 and posted 68 coaching victories, tied for second all-time in program history with George Stratts and behind only Bob Ewing (116).

More to come as the Daily Times remembers the life and legacy of Coach Algeo.

O’Hara coach Algeo hospitalized

Earlier this week, Cardinal O’Hara coach Dan Algeo was admitted to a hospital nearby his home in Norristown.

He remains in critical condition.

No other information is provided at this time.

The Catholic League champion coach is set to begin his 11th season coaching the Lions.

Algeo has received an outpouring of support and well wishes on social media. Here’s what’s being said…

 

Field, Everton among new O’Hara transfers

Wide receiver Mark Everton and offensive lineman Teddy Field are the top newcomers at Cardinal O’Hara for the 2014 season.

Everton was a standout at Interboro his sophomore and junior years. He posted 1,135 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns over the last two years. Everton led the county in receiving yards in 2012. As Interboro struggled mightily with its passing game in 2013, Everton’s numbers suffered. Everton, though, had his best game in the District One quarterfinals, scoring two touchdowns in a blowout loss to Academy Park.

A 6-5, 325-pounder, Field is a giant of a young man who is drawing heavy Division I interest. He flourished on the best line in Delco last year at Garnet Valley (three of its starters were All-Delcos). Field helps shore up an o-line that showed weaknesses in 2013.

 

 

Upper Darby OL Rucci showcases skills at national combine

Rising senior and offensive lineman Scott Rucci (6-3, 255) of Upper Darby participated in the Blue-Grey National Super Combine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this weekend.

Rucci was invited after impressing scouts at the Blue-Grey Mid-Atlantic Regional Combine in Philadelphia earlier this month.

He now has the opportunity to be selected to play in the prestigious Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Jan. 10 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Check out Rucci’s Hudl video.

Rucci is the nephew of former NFL lineman and All-Delco Todd Rucci.

 

 

Penncrest OL Jackson verbals to Rutgers

Rising senior Jonah Jackson of Penncrest issued his verbal commitment to Rutgers.

An offensive and defensive tackle, Jackson (6-4, 290) also had offers from UMASS, Albany and Monmouth.

Jackson was vital to Penncrest’s seven-win season in 2013. He’ll return to a Lions team expected to vie for a Central League championship this fall.

Check out his Hudl page for more.

Any other early commits (Class of 2015), shoot me an email. msmith@delcotimes.com